South African airline Airlink took delivery of its first EMB-170 this weekend. The aircraft with registration N305EC travelled from Nashville International to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo via Bangor, Goose Bay, Reykjavik Keflavik, Belgrade, Aswan, Entebbe/Kampala and Harare International airports.  

The aircraft is the first of its type to join the fleet of Airlink, which currently operates 12 ARJ-85s, 8 Jetstream 41s, 17 ERJ-135s, 4 ERJ-140s and 3 ERJ-145s.  

The new jet is a 15-year-old former Republic Airlines aircraft. It needs to pass type-certification procedures before being added to the country’s register. It is part of the carrier’s fleet renewal plan that also envisages leasing three EMB-170s from Embraer Netherlands that will introduce the EMB-190 equipment.